Another bar chart, it shows the length of life of Israel's patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, in more details.

Bar chart of the lives of Israel's patriarchs - Comment on 2010 December 14

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2010 December 14
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Yesterday I worked on the bar chart of the patriarchs in Genesis, and today I want to add something similar, a bar chart of the lives of Israel's patriarchs.

This bar chart gives information found in the Bible that relates to times and years given in the Bible about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.

It shows the length of life of each of them and other details.

When I read the Bible I had the impression that Jacob was a young man when he got married, but I had to change my mind after I had dug up these date compiled here in this bar chart. When Jacob went to Haran he was already 77 years old and he got married when he was 84 and his eleventh son, Joseph, was born when Jacob was 91 years old.

So eleven of Jacob's sons were born in 7 years, but these 11 children had four different mothers: Leah, Bilhah, Zilpah and Rachel.

The starting point and starting year is the year when Israel went into Egypt. All the data of this bar chart developed from this year when Israel arrives in Egypt. It is the year when Israel, or Jacob, is 130 years old.

The scripture showing that Jacob was 130 years old when he came to Egypt is Genesis 47:9. Genesis 47:8 of the King James Version reads like this: "And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?"

My interlinear Bible reads, "And Pharaoh said to Jacob, How many are the days of the years of your life?"

And then it is indicated that the English word "day" is the Hebrew word with the Strong number 3117. And Strong's Hebrew dictionary says that 3117 is the Hebrew word "yowm." And there the following is found: "a space of time defined by an associated term." The associated term is here probably "years of your life."

The next verse, Genesis 47:9 reads in my interlinear Bible like this: "And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my camps are 130 years."

The associated term here is then probably "years of my camps."

The King James Version says in Genesis 47:9, "And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are 130 years." So this is quite similar to what the interlinear Bible has: the days of the years.

Also Lamsa's translation and The Amplified Bible have "The days of the years."

When I now go to Genesis 1, then I find in Genesis 1:5, "And the evening and the morning were the first day."

And the interlinear Bible has, "And there was evening, and there was morning the first day."

The really interesting thing is that the word "day" is also here the word 3117. So also here we can assume that the word "day" is meant as a space of time defined by an associated term. And the associated term probably being "evening and morning."

So the word "day" in Genesis 1:5 is a space of time associated to something. And this then applies to also the other verses where the word day is used in Genesis 1, day 2 to day 6.

It is a space of time.

So it could be a day or it could be an eternity or it could be several eternities.

So this confirms that the times described in the Bible before the creation of Adam are most probably to be considered to be rather figuratively.

Genesis 47:8-9 therefore shows that the word "day", as it used therecannot be taken as the time of earth rotating once around itself. And this might also apply to its use in Genesis 1.

Now to the bar chart:


Bar chart of the lives of Israel's patriarchs

The years in the first column are counted from the birth of Abraham. The years of Isaac, Jacob and Joseph are before their abbreviations.

    One letter, for example A for Abraham in the second column, represents about a time of 5 years.

  1 A   A = Abraham, was born 2166 BC and died 1991 BC, 175 years old
 10 A S   S = Sarah, was born 2156 BC and died 2029 BC, 127 years old
    A S
    A S
    A S           Note: This bar chart can be tied directly to our time system.
    A S                 According to secular history Solomon began the building of the temple in the year 966 before Christ.
    A S                 According to 1 Kings 6:1 the Israelites came out of Egypt 480 years before this temple building began.
    A S                 And according to Exodus 12:40-41 the Israelites dwelt in Egypt 430 years.
    A S                 So the Israelites went into Egypt in the year 1876 before Christ: 966+480+430 = 1876.   
    A S                 Therefore the birth of Abraham was 2166 before Christ: 1876+290 = 2166, the beginning of this bar chart.
    A S                 And therefore Joseph died in the year 1805 before Christ: 1876+39-110 = 1805, the end of this bar chart.
    A S                 So all data of this bar chart develop from the year 1876 before Christ or the years shown in this chart:
    A S                 290 years after Abraham was born or when Jacob was 130 years old or when Joseph as 39 years old.
    A S
 75 A S           And Abram was 75 years old when he departed out of Haran (Ge 12:4)
 75 A S           And from thence (Charran), when his father (Terah) was dead, he removed him (Abraham) into this land, wherein ye now live (Ac 7:4)
 85 A S           And Sarah .. took Hagar ... after Abram had dwelt 10 years in the Land of Canaan, and gave her to ... Abram (Ge 16:3)
 86 A S           Abram was 86 years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram (Ge 16:16). Ishmael was born 2080 BC and died 1943 BC, 137 years old.
 99 A S           And Abraham was 99 years old, when he was circumcised (Ge 17:24)
100 A S   1 I   I = Isaac, was born 2066 BC and died 1886 BC, 180 years old
100 A S   1 I           ... him (Abraham) that is 100 years old? and shall Sarah, that is 90 years old, bear? (Ge 17:17)
100 A S   1 I           And Abraham was 100 years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him (Ge 21:5)
100 A S   1 I           ... when he (Abraham) was about 100 years old (Ro 4:19)
    A S     I
    A S     I
    A S     I
137 A S  37 I           Sarah dies: And Sarah was 127 years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah (Ge 23:1)
140 A    40 I           And Isaac was 40 years old when he took Rebekah to wife (Ge 25:20)
140 A    40 I           Then again Abraham took a wife, ... Keturah. And she bare him (6 sons) (Ge 25:1-2)
    A       I
    A       I
160 A    60 I   1 J   J = Jacob, was born 2006 BC and died 1859 BC, 147 years old
160 A    60 I   1 J           Isaac was 60 years old when she (Rebekah) bare them (Esau and Jacob) (Ge 25:26)
    A       I     J
175 A    75 I  15 J           And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, 175 years (Ge 25:7)
            I     J
            I     J
            I     J
            I     J
200     100 I  40 J           And Esau was 40 years old when he took to wife Judith (Ge 26:34)
            I     J
            I     J
            I     J
            I     J
223     123 I  63 J           Ishmael dies: And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, 137 (Ge 25:17)
            I     J
237     137 I  77 J           And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran (Ge 28:10)
244     144 I  84 J           Jacob marries Leah and Rachel (Ge 29:18-30)
251     151 I  91 J   1 Jo   Jo = Joseph, was born 1915 BC and died 1805 BC, 110 years old
251     151 I  91 J   1 Jo          ... when Rachel had born Joseph (Ge 30:25)
257     157 I  97 J   6 Jo          Thus have I (Jacob) been 20 years in thy (Laban's) house; I served thee 14 years for they two daughters, and six years for thy cattle (Ge 31:38+41)
            I     J     Jo   
268     168 I 108 J  17 Jo          Joseph, being 17 years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren (Ge 37:2)
279     179 I 119 J  28 Jo          Joseph interprets butler's and baker's dreams (Ge 41:1)
280     180 I 120 J  29 Jo          Isaac dies: And the days of Isaac were 180 years (Ge:35:28)
281           121 J  30 Jo          And Joseph was 30 years old when he stood before Pharaoh (the 7 good years begin) (Ge 41:46)
288           128 J  37 Jo          And the 7 years of plenteousness ... ended. And the 7 years of dearth began to come (Ge 41:53-54)
290           130 J  39 Jo          For these 2 years hath the famine been ...; and yet there are 5 years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest (Ge 45:6)
                                    ... for yet there are 5 years of famine (Ge 45:11)
                                    And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are 130 years (Ge 47:9)
                                    Now the sojourning of ... Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was 430 years (Ex 12:40-41)
                                    ... the law which was 430 years after (Ga 3:17)
295           135 J  44 Jo          The famine ends 5 years after Israel arrives in Egypt
                  J     Jo
307           147 J  56 Jo          Jacob dies: And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt 17 years: so the whole age of Jacob was 147 years (Ge 47:28)
320                  69 Jo          End of Israel's freedom: ... and they shall afflict them 400 years (Ge 15:13)
320                  69 Jo          Beginning of Israel's oppression: ... and entreat them evil 400 years (Ac 7:6)
361                 110 Jo          ... and Joseph lived 110 years (Ge 50:22)
361                 110 Jo          So Joseph died, being 110 years old (Ge 50:26)


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